The Pirate Bay Issue - English Translation

Thursday, June 01, 2006

MPAA press release

"Yxan" posted this link on the Pirate party forums. It's in english. Yay!

MPAA press release

There is some fun to be had at the expense of this press release. Let's look at a few quotes. This blog entry will be riddled with my own opinions, so if you're looking for (relatively) objective translations, skip this particular post. (Oh, and I'm still trying to get the quotes to look good.. bear with me.)

[...] the film industry has worked vigorously with Swedish and U.S. government officials in Sweden to shut this illegal site down.

Why were there U.S. government officials involved? Sweden is not a state of the US. Furthermore, why would U.S. government officials run errands for private interests? This proves that the industry has corrupted not just the swedish law enforcement, but also certain U.S. government officials?

Wow, they don't even know the right domain name..

The Pirate Bay was the 479th most visited website in the world ranking 21st in Sweden and 312th in the U.S. In comparison, is the 125th most popular site in Sweden.

That proves nothing. There is no reason for casual swedes to go reading american news on

We applaud Swedish law enforcement[...]

Hooray. And here I thought swedish law and its enforcers were supposed to protect the interests of the citizens of Sweden.

The major motion picture studios lost an estimated $6.1 billion to piracy in 2005. Internet
piracy alone cost the studios $2.3 billion.

So, where did all that money go to then? You can't speak of losing money, unless you mean all the money you spend on financing MPAA and such organisations, as well as bribing N.Y. policemen and buying reports that conclude $6.1 billion losses.

By shutting down Razorback2 and sites like The Pirate Bay, the ease with which pirates can obtain illegal content online can be slowed dramatically.

This changes nothing. There are lots of other sites still active. It may slow down those who completely relied on The Pirate Bay (and don't have any sources for a new tracker) for a few days. Soon enough, word of mouth will reach those people too, and it will all be the same again.

That's about it for this time folks. Sorry for the rant, but this whole issue is really frustrating, and I felt I had to vent. I'm at work right now, but I'll try to get a few more articles translated by tonight. This has turned out to be quite the outrage all over Sweden, especially the part about the DNA sample (Read the Rick Falkvinge translation below).


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